3 January 2018
CST Global appoints senior process integration engineer
III-V optoelectronic foundry Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CST Global) of Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, near Glasgow, Scotland, UK (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Sivers IMA Holdings AB) has appointed Antonio Samarelli as senior process integration engineer, actively involved in the development of new integrated photonics and compound semiconductor devices.
“Antonio is a pioneer of integrated silicon photonics,” comments technical director Andrew McKee. “We have already worked with Antonio when he was a researcher at the University of Glasgow.” The appointment “increases our research and design capacity whilst also adding extensive fabrication and process integration capability,” he adds.
Samarelli has a BA in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Optoelectronic Systems, both from the Politecnico di Bari, Italy. He then moved to the University of Glasgow for his PhD, working on the EU-funded SPLASH project, which developed silicon-on-insulator devices for optical communication systems. During this period Samarelli developed and optmized basic building blocks and their integration to create more complex photonic telecommunication networks. Some of these results still represent the state-of-the-art in the current photonic technology, says CST.
Samarelli remained at the University of Glasgow as a research associate, working on further EU-funded projects: first GREENSi (developing integrated thermoelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting systems) then GEMINI (focusing on the development of germanium plasmonic antennas for mid-infrared sensing). The latter is used in low-cost sensing devices for environmental, healthcare and security monitoring applications.
Samarelli was also a research fellow at the University of Glasgow, working on Quantum Technology systems.
Before joining CST Global, Samarelli worked for Kelvin Nanotechnology as project manager, producing devices and systems for both industrial and academic partners.